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Cultural Impact Workshop

28th & 29th November 2017

9.30am – 12.30pm

Performance Space, Central Library, St Peter’s Square, Manchester M2 5PD


Manchester’s Cultural Impact Survey gathers data on the economic and social impact of culture in the city. This year’s survey was completed by 39 organisations.

We are hosting two Cultural Impact Workshops for senior representatives from cultural organisations to consider the findings of the 2016/17 survey and to discuss how we can collaboratively respond to the emerging themes.

Please note that this is one workshop which will be repeated on two days. All cultural organisations are welcome to attend – it is not a requirement to have completed the survey. Due to capacity registration is limited to one person per organisation.


9.30am – Arrivals

9.45am – Introduction and aims of workshop

9.50am – Presentation

The presentation will provide the background to the 2016/17 survey and highlight the key findings across a series of areas, including;

  • Economic impact and funding

  • Productions, commissions and touring

  • People and place – audiences, participants, volunteers, employees, board members

  • Schools engagement

  • Zero carbon

10.20am – Q&A

10.30am – Discussion 1: Key themes

The survey findings demonstrate the significant economic and social impact of arts and culture in the city, but also identify a series of emerging themes for further discussion. The themes relate to social impact, and widening access and participation in arts and culture.

  • Manchester resident engagement in arts and culture – exploring the wards with the highest and lowest engagement figures and how the sector can respond to the identified gaps

  • Audience diversity – exploring diversity data for audiences in the context of the city’s demographic profile, comparing the diversity of audiences with data for participants and volunteers, and considering approaches for diversifying audiences.

  • Governance – exploring the diversity data for board members in the context of the city’s demographic profile; considering governance models which promote diversity and provide opportunities for Manchester residents to be involved in decision-making, and the recruitment of board members.

  • Volunteers – exploring the wards with the highest and lowest numbers of volunteers and how the sector can work to engage with volunteers from a broader geography across the city.

  • Schools engagement – exploring the data on schools engagement and patterns across Key Stages and wards. Considering the challenges and opportunities of working with schools and how the sector can build on existing engagement.

11.25am – Summary and feedback

11.40am – Discussion 2: Demonstrating impact

The impact survey is based on gathering a series of key datasets and has been aligned with national data collection including the Arts Council and Audience Finder surveys.

This discussion will consider how we can collectively explore new approaches to impact data, and the types of information that we might need to capture to more effectively illustrate the social impact of arts and culture.

12.15pm – Feedback

12.25pm – Next Steps

At the end of the workshop there will be an opportunity to provide feedback on the 2016/17 survey. This will be used to make improvements to the survey for 2017/18.

12.30pm – End

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